Meaning: To speaking frankly, discussing hard facts, or getting down to serious business.
Origin: It’s first recorded in 1824, but is probably much older; one suggestion is that it goes back as far as colonial times. It is also suggested that it arose because the first contacts between Native Americans and settlers often centered on the supply of wild turkeys, to the extent that Indians were said to have enquired whenever they met a colonist, “you come to talk turkey?”
IN 1824 though it meant to speak agreeably, or to say pleasant things. Turkey gobbling was a distinct, natural sound on frontier farms. By 1830 the expression soon became 'to talk cold turkey', 'to speak bluntly' hence 'cold turkey' came to mean cold facts, unpleasant truths. By the 1940s 'cold turkey' was a drug addict’s term for a sudden and complete withdrawal from drugs (reinforced by the addict's goose bumps, resembling uncooked turkey skin).
I hope your Thanksgiving is full of warm turkey and pleasant conversation with family!
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